Dear Islip Community:
The district is back and fully operational for the 2017-18 school year.
We are pleased to see the facility improvements that took place in our
district this summer. These facility upgrades, totaling $15 million,
included electrical and plumbing upgrades; 58 bathroom renovations;
auditorium renovations at Wing, CRES, Sherwood and the middle school (to
be completed in the next few weeks); sidewalk and parking upgrades; new
ventilators at Sherwood and CRES, along with adjacent shelving; new
flooring and ceiling tiles throughout the district; and HVAC work at the
high school. Our custodial, maintenance, and buildings and grounds
crews worked through Labor Day weekend in preparation for our students'
and staff's return on opening day. Thanks to everyone's efforts and
patience, our facilities will be in great shape for many years to come.
As I reflect on the last 10 years, Islip has made great strides to
become a district that meets the needs of our ever-changing world. This
is evidenced by our academic initiatives and the results they garner: a
98 percent graduation rate, our literacy program at the elementary
schools, Algebra I for all at the middle school (with a 90 percent pass
rate), our G&T Excel Program, our Business and STEM academies, our
in-house cosmetology program and so much more. Islip has earned
recognition as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" from
the NAMM Foundation because of our outstanding music programs. Our
special education and English as a New Language programs, along with our
support services, help us meet the needs of all students. At the
secondary level, our extracurricular activities allow our students to be
engaged in activities from athletics to Science Olympiads. What makes
Islip even more special is the humanitarian interests that teach our
students compassion and citizenship.
The students, staff and community have been my family since 2008. It is
with mixed emotions that I share that the 2017-18 school year will be my
last in education. Beginning next July, I will start a new chapter as I
enter retirement and return my focus to being a wife and mother.
We still have much work to do this year, and the Islip Schools family is
ready to make 2017-18 one of its best years yet. I have always wanted
to be an educator, and I am so proud to end my career as a Buccaneer.
Susan A. Schnebel
Superintendent of Schools